Simple 4 Part Scores for the Beginner Band

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Acapoulco Polka

Avalon

Choral #1

Choral 2

Choral 3

Choral 4

Choral 5

Choral BWV 504

Choral BWV 70.11

Comedians' Dance

Fella Bird

German Waltz

In Heaven Above

The Irish Washerwoman

Light Cavalry

Londonderry Air

Minstrel Boy

Samba Lelé

Still, Still, Still

Surprise Symphony

The Thunderer

Till There Was You

Under The Boardwalk

Waltzing Cuckoo

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

You Only Live Twice

Christmas Songs

Bring a Torch

Huron Carol

Jingle Bells

Joy To The World

Let It Snow

O Come All Ye Faithfull

Rudoloph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Silent Night

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Winter Wonderland

This page contains various scores I've written for the Creston Beginner Concert Band. Band members are welcome to download extra copies as needed. If you are not a member of the band, you're welcome to download as well ... but please respect other peoples copyrights (don't sell this stuff!) and, please, drop me a note and let me know if it's useful or just crap.

Each song has PDF files for various instruments. The “SCORE” file contains a 4-line file in SATB for conducting; the “MSCORE” file has 5 lines (melody plus SATB), chords and lyrics (not relevant for some of the pieces, like the Chorales).

In addition, there is a MIDI file for each score. These are not that great, auto-created and really just simple piano reductions. But, they are (mostly) in time, key and tempo. Each piece has a 2 bar metronome introduction (to give you time to click your “start” button and pick up your instrument). These should be useful for practicing. And, for those times when MIDI isn't going to be all that wonderful, there is a MP3 file as well. No excuses for not doing your homework! The MP3 files have been generated directly from the MIDI files using timidity.

The “LEAD” file is a simple lead-sheet with lyrics, melody and chords. Great for piano, guitar or even a bass player (not relevant for some of the pieces, like the Chorales).

The individual instrument files each have a Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass part. For the most part, instruments can swap their parts around. These arrangements are fairly simple and can be used by small groups.

Please make sure you get the correct file for your instrument

  • Flute, violin, oboe and other “C” instruments get “...C-pdf”.
  • Clarinet, trumpet, tenor saxophone and other “*Bb” instruments get “...Bb-pdf”.
  • Alto saxophone and other “Eb” instruments get “...Eb-pdf”.
  • French horn and other “F” instruments get “...F-pdf”
  • Tuba, trombone and other “Bass Clef” instruments get “...BASS.pdf”.

If you don't understand the above, please ask! You don't want to end up with the wrong sheet of music at our practice and have the conductor wondering why things sound so terribly odd!

Some of the songs have an “Easy” part as well. If you're just getting started on your instrument, please grab this sheet. It contains a reduced set of notes and rhythms which will let you play in the band while you're learning all the “hard stuff”.

Choral BWV 504 (J.S. Bach)

This is a three part choral. It's a bit more a challenge than the other ones!

choral-504-BASS.pdf
choral-504-Bb.pdf
choral-504-C.pdf
choral-504-Eb.pdf
choral-504-F.pdf
choral-504-LEAD.pdf
choral-504-MSCORE.pdf
choral-504-SCORE.pdf
choral-504.mid
choral-504.mp3

German Waltz

A good starter piece from the “Yamaha Band Ensembles” book. If you have have the book, use it. Otherwise, download this.

german-waltz-BASS.pdf
german-waltz-Bb.pdf
german-waltz-C.pdf
german-waltz-Eb.pdf
german-waltz-F.pdf
german-waltz-LEAD.pdf
german-waltz-MSCORE.pdf
german-waltz-SCORE.pdf
german-waltz.mid
german-waltz.mp3

In Heaven Above

An old folk tune from Finland which has been adopted (adapted?) as a hymn by the Lutherans. I've made a few minor changes to make it sound good in four parts.

in-heaven-above-BASS.pdf
in-heaven-above-Bb.pdf
in-heaven-above-C.pdf
in-heaven-above-Eb.pdf
in-heaven-above-F.pdf
in-heaven-above-LEAD.pdf
in-heaven-above-MSCORE.pdf
in-heaven-above-SCORE.pdf
in-heaven-above.mid
in-heaven-above.mp3

Samba Lelé

A fast paced, traditional children's song from Brazil. Arranged in three parts plus bass. It can be played with each player (other that the bass) rotating though the parts. (Note, the audio files only repeat twice, not three times as the score indicates.)

samba-lele-BASS.pdf
samba-lele-Bb.pdf
samba-lele-C.pdf
samba-lele-EASY-BASS.pdf
samba-lele-EASY-Bb.pdf
samba-lele-EASY-C.pdf
samba-lele-EASY-Eb.pdf
samba-lele-EASY-F.pdf
samba-lele-Eb.pdf
samba-lele-F.pdf
samba-lele-LEAD.pdf
samba-lele-MSCORE.pdf
samba-lele-SCORE.pdf
samba-lele.mid
samba-lele.mp3

Till There Was You

Easy and fun arrangement of the sweet love song from the musical The Music Man. Sorry string players, but it is in Eb (you all knew you would need to learn those flat keys one day!)

till-there-was-you-BASS.pdf
till-there-was-you-Bb.pdf
till-there-was-you-C.pdf
till-there-was-you-Eb.pdf
till-there-was-you-F.pdf
till-there-was-you-LEAD.pdf
till-there-was-you-MSCORE.pdf
till-there-was-you-SCORE.pdf
till-there-was-you.mid
till-there-was-you.mp3

Waltzing Cuckoo

This is an arrangement of a song I first played on my accordion in 1963. In my book it's credited to “Palmer-Hughes”, but they have stolen it from a song composed in 1909 by Emanuel Jonasson. So I'm not very upset by stealing their version and adapting it yet again. In this arrangement the melody moves around to all 4 parts. Have fun.

waltzing-cuckoo-BASS.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-Bb.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-C.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-EASY-BASS.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-EASY-Bb.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-EASY-C.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-EASY-Eb.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-EASY-F.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-Eb.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-F.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-LEAD.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-MSCORE.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo-SCORE.pdf
waltzing-cuckoo.mid
waltzing-cuckoo.mp3

Christmas Songs

For those who just “need to know”, I do my scores using the MUP publishing package. For more details, read my resource and review page.


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